10 Best Beard Balms of 2018: Top Products Reviewed

Beard balm is a product that every man with facial hair should keep in his medicine cabinet. It’s a versatile conditioner, generally made from natural ingredients, that not only softens your hair, but also treats and prevents common conditions that beard-growers face, such as itchiness.

Brand

Scent

Size

Origin

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Woodsy

2 oz

USA-PA

Unscented

2 oz

USA-Michigan

Subtle-Lemon

2 oz

USA

Unscented

3.5 oz

USA

Tea Tree & Pine

0.5 oz

USA-GA

Lemon

1.5 oz

USA-Detroit

Light Menthol

2 oz

USA-PA

Woody Scent

1.41 oz

Australia

Citrus and Spice

2 oz

USA-WV

Sandalwood

2 oz

USA

Top 10 Beard Balms

Without further delay, let's check out the best beard balms of 2018:

1. Best Overall Pick

100% all natural ingredients

Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner is made with only organic, natural ingredients. They eschew humanmade chemicals in favor using ingredients created by nature, which tend to be better for sensitive skin and less irritating in general. Not only do these natural ingredients pack a powerful punch, but they leave your skin healthier than when they found it. And consider this: Because this is a leave-in conditioner, it’s going to be on your beard and skin all day. And since we absorb what touches our skin, it’s important that those ingredients have no side effects, which is why it’s so important to use natural ingredients for products you don’t wash off, like beard balm.

Conditions hair

Conditioning your beard for healthy hair growth is essential. When you ignore this crucial step, hair becomes damaged, brittle and it can even break, leaving you with a patchy, uneven beard. Honest Amish is an entirely natural leave-in conditioner, which means you can safely leave it on all day without worrying about harmful chemicals seeping into your skin.

Honest Amish Classic Beard Balm

Soothes skin

One of the toughest things about growing a beard—as well as one of the most common problems—is itchiness. Many guys end up just giving up and shaving it all off because they can’t take the itch anymore. Some guys wear their beards year-round, while others only grow them out in the winter. No matter which category you fall into, you’re eventually going to have to overcome the issue of dry winter air, which sucks the moisture right out of your skin, causing your beard to itch and skin to flake. Most guys know they need to moisturize the non-bearded part of their faces—especially in wintertime—but many overlook the crucial step of moisturizing your beard and the skin beneath it. Balms are the best when it comes to moisturizing the skin beneath the beard; their high viscosity allows them to slowly sink in and stay there, keeping the skin beneath your beard soft and itch-free all day.

Natural Oils

Honest Amish uses plant-based ingredients to make their beard balm, and that includes organic oils, many of which are well-known to have great hair and skin benefits, like avocado and argan oil. However, Honest Amish goes a step further and adds some lesser-known skin and hair-supporting oils like apricot kernel, grapeseed and pumpkin seed oil. Furthermore, Honest Amish uses virgin oils in their beard balm. Virgin oils are oils that are merely pressed the old-fashioned way and don’t undergo extra or industrial processing. They have a different pH level from non-virgin oils; because skin and hair have a certain level of acidity, messing with their pH can do more harm than good, which is why they go the extra mile and use only virgin oils.

Natural fruit and nut butter

Most guys know all about the awesomeness of cocoa butter. If they’re already proud papas, but for those who don’t, cocoa butter is an excellent base for conditioners and lotions (hence Honest Amish’s choice to use it as an ingredient), because it softens skin (and hair) without making it greasy. It can also help lessen the look of scars and stretch marks, which is why dads know all about it because their wives and girlfriends will have been all about the cocoa butter while pregnant. Shea butter, another ingredient in Honest Amish, has similar effects as well.

Honest Amish also uses lesser-known butter for beards; for instance, did you know aloe could be made into butter? Well, it can. And if you’ve ever been sunburned, you know that aloe can soothe inflammation and itchiness, making the pain go away, which is why it’s in this excellent beard balm. We featured Honest Amish in our beard oil reviews because their brand is well known in this industry, and they feature a dedicated customer base. 

One of their more unique butter is kokum butter. Kokum has anti-inflammatory properties and, like cocoa and shea butter, it doesn’t get greasy and clog pores. Aside from that, it goes a step beyond by being a natural antibacterial as well as an antioxidant, which protects your cells and keeps them healthy.

Honest Amish’s use of fruit and nut butter is very purpose-driven and geared explicitly toward optimal beard quality all while protecting the skin beneath the beard. To note from use, the beard balm isn’t so thick that you can get your favorite beard brush through it and groom properly. 

PROS

  • It comes in a recyclable tin
  • Charged with fifteen naturally hair-enhancing botanicals
  • Packed with essential oils that boost hair quality
  • Their fruit and seed oils are virgin pressed to maintain quality
  • They picked their fruit and nut butters with intelligence and for result-oriented effects
  • They use organic ingredients, which is great for those who adhere to the organic lifestyle
  • They have a lot of nourishing, protective and conditioning ingredients, which is ideal for beard and skin health
  • Honest Amish goes a step further with their use of anti-inflammatory ingredients to keep your skin itch-free and prevent redness

CONS

  • The manufacturer recommends those with nut allergies avoid this product or at the very least use caution while using it. The thing about allergies is that if you’re allergic to one thing in the nut family, you might be allergic to another, which is why they advise caution. If you have a nut allergy, simply go through the ingredient list and see if you already tolerate the ingredients well. When in doubt, ask your doctor or avoid. (Note that this isn’t a problem for people who don’t have nut allergies.)

2. Best Unscented Option

Dry Oil?

What exactly is a dry oil?  The CanYouHandleBar team took their classic beard oil and added just enough beeswax to make the oil solid at room temperature. This is definitely a thinner balm as a result but won’t leave your beard sticky as you don’t need much.

Ingredients

CanYouHandleBar is very open about what’s in their products. They list the ingredients in several places, where-as some other brands make it difficult to find before you buy. The ingredients are as follows: Lanolin, castor seed oil, coconut oil, beeswax, vitamin E oil, and shea butter. The ingredients are very simple yet effective at nourishing your beard and encouraging beard growth. 

A couple things to note. This balm isn’t going to provide a significant hold, but for most beards, it’s enough. It’s going to apply and feel much like an oil once on the beard. The classic version has no scent added, but the base ingredients do have a slight smell to them.

CanYouHandleBar Dry Oil Beard Balm

Premium Quality

As with most things that are higher quality, they come at a greater cost. CanYouHandleBar doesn’t skimp out on anything, their labels are waterproof and the tin is stainless steel. Their products are made in the USA, even their beeswax is locally sourced in Michigan. All their ingredients are safe, natural, no petroleum and nothing is hidden. These are all things to note, and a reason to consider CanYouHandleBar for your next purchase.

PROS

  • Premium Ingredients
  • Dry Light Oil

CONS

  • None

3. Best Runner Up Beard Balm

Natural Oils

Olive oil has been used since ancient times to treat the whole body, including the beard. It’s a natural moisturizer and great for your skin, which is why it’s one of the top ingredients in Smooth Viking’s Beard Balm. Smooth Viking also uses sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, safflower oil, argan oil, pumpkin seed oil and avocado oil, all of which are lauded for their uniquely moisturizing properties that condition hair and skin without clogging pores.

Shea butter

Shea butter is an excellent ingredient choice for beard balm because it’s a natural hair conditioner and skin moisturizer that doesn’t get greasy. Moreover, it has anti-inflammatory properties, making it great for soothing and preventing dry, itchy skin that often attacks beards during the frigid winter months.

Smooth Viking Beard Wax

Encourages beard growth

The natural highly conditioning ingredients in Smooth Viking’s Beard Balm nourish your hair from the skin to the root to the very tip of the hair shaft, tackling the issue of rehabilitating your beard head-on. The result is better, thicker beard growth.

Great for styling your beard

Aside of all of the healthy skin and hair benefits in Smooth Viking’s Beard Balm, it’s also a great styling aid, because the natural oils and moisturizers allow you to perfectly shape your beard while they sink in into your follicles and cells to get to the real work.

PROS

  • All natural
  • Free of chemicals
  • Works for mustaches too
  • Non-messy formula
  • Makes styling easier

CONS

  • One of the biggest complaints with this product is its smell. However, it’s important to note that most find they love the smell. Oils and butters are fats. They can go rancid if stored for too long or improperly. For those who say the product smells horrific, they probably got a rancid batch, in which case they simply need to contact the manufacturer. If no one reports the issue to the manufacturer, not only will you get a replacement/refund, but the bad batches might continue to be sold. Consumer’s calling in is how any company knows to recall a bad batch of a product. The good news, though, is that most say the product works and smells great. Just remember to take the steps I mentioned if you’re one of the unlucky few.

4. Best for Beard Itch

An All-Natural Product

Hoot’s Naturals are all about keeping it natural, which is why their product is not only organic but also completely ethically sourced in a sustainable way.
Having a great looking beard from using this balm isn’t going to carry any guilt with it, you don’t have to worry about whether the product is being sourced or made in an unethical way, which is something that more and more people are finally starting to care about.

Not to say that it’s less natural when beard balms include different types of fragrances and scents since that’s not the case at all, but this particular product is unscented which further adds to the natural, back-to-basics appeal of a product like this.

Say Bye to Beard Itch

Has an itchy beard got you down? Don’t worry – it’s one of the most common beard-issues that we hear about on a regular basis.

Hoot's Naturals Beard Balm

In most cases, using a balm like this will do a great deal to alleviate, if not all-out eliminate that uncomfortable itch, while offering incredible skincare benefits in the process. Thanks to the rosemary oil and the jojoba oil, you can forget about beard itch when you’re using this stuff diligently.

Better Balms Make Better Beards

This product from Hoot’s helps to soften your beard, as well as condition it. It helps to thicken your hair, strengthen your beard, and helps you style it to get things looking healthy, and exactly how you want them to.

The process of massaging and combing a balm like this into your beard can also help stimulate the hair and can help with the release of the oils that your own body produces to further take your beard to the next level. There are layers to this stuff, and that further highlights why proper care and maintenance of your beard is a crucial step that sets apart a true beardsman from a scruffy boy.

No Risk Whatsoever

The icing on the cake here is that Hoot’s stand by their product 100%, and if you don’t absolutely love it, you can hit them up to get a full refund of your money.

PROS

  • It comes in a large 3.5oz tin that you can save and re-use for other things, too. Many other balms come in quantities that are nearly half this amount, so the no frills approach this product takes gives them the opportunity to be very generous to their customers.
  • High-quality, organic ingredients that have been ethically sourced are important for obvious reasons. Now, not every single thing you buy is going to meet these standards, and it might not be a practical goal for all areas of your life, but it’s a good idea to support doing things the right way as much as you can.
  • It’s formulated to shape and hold  your beard in the shorter term, but also to help it grow in thicker and stronger in the longer term and to help get rid of itch, too.

CONS

  • While it’s non-fragranced, there is still an odor to it from the 8 ingredients it does include, which are organic hempseed oil, beeswax, jojoba oil, grade seed oil, argan oil, murumuru butter, vitamin E, and rosemary extract. It’s less odorous than the balms that have essential oils and fragrances added, and the smell it does have isn’t particularly offensive or anything, but some people might be expecting something that has zero odor or all, or might prefer something with added fragrance to cover up the scents of the base oils.

5. Best Budget Balm

Strengthens your beard

For a beard to grow long and healthy, it needs proper nourishment. Think about it. Your skin that surrounds the roots of your hair is alive. If you keep it healthy, that is the first step to growing a robust and thick beard. The next step is strengthening individual hair shafts so that they’re protected from breakage and damage. The natural oils in Wild Willies Beard Butter work to do just that, so your beard can always be at its strongest. Note that we reviewed Wild Willie’s Beard Butter in another article. They offer great products, and we featured them twice for a reason.

Moisturizes beard and skin

A good beard starts with good skin. It is the soil in which your peach fuzz grows in to become a mighty oak of a beard. Properly moisturized skin is essential for protecting the roots of your beard, as well as preventing flakiness and itching. Meanwhile, the beard hair itself must also be moisturized if you want to be able to style it and prevent it from damage. Once again, the naturally moisturizing butter and oils come together in Wild Willies Beard Butter to get to the source of your beard growth and protect it at the root.

Wild Willie's Beard Balm Butter

Free of manmade chemicals

While most manmade chemicals for topical use in the US aren’t inherently dangerous—and there are laws to prevent companies from using them—there’s still something refreshing about a company that uses natural ingredients. Wild Willies doesn’t use manmade chemicals, which means no synthetic fragrance or preservatives or dyes. What you get is what you see (and smell).

Contains tea tree oil

While Wild Willies contains many of the oils commonly found in any beard balm that can call itself a contender for the best beard balm, one ingredient they have that sets them apart from the pack is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is known less for its moisture and more for its health benefits. It’s anti-inflammatory; more than that, it’s anti-fungal. Nobody likes to talk about, but there are a lot of pathogens that can show up in even the cleanest of beards belonging to the most hygienic of men. One of those is yeast, a type of fungus. Men get yeast infections too, and no one wants one on their face. Tea tree oil is one of the most potent natural antifungals there is, which means if your itchiness is caused by yeast (whether known or unknown to you), the tea tree oil in Wild Willies can help combat that.

PROS

  • Wild Willies touts their texture and consistency as setting them apart; if you’ve been unhappy with beard balm texture in the past, this might be something for you to consider.
  • 100% money-back guarantee if you’re not a fan
  • Fragrance free
  • Contains many organic and naturally beneficial oils, including tea tree oil, a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal, which protects against itchiness.

CONS

  • Contains emu oil. Emus are a type of animal. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, this is probably going to be a con. However, most who aren’t probably won’t find this an issue.

6. Beard Balm Handmade in Detroit

Responsibly sourced ingredients

Beard Balm’s dedication to naturally sourcing their ingredients deserves a lot of praise. For instance, the way they get their beeswax from Michigan bees who haven’t been exposed to pesticides not only protects you, the customer, but they’re supporting a responsible apiary that is preserving an at-risk species vital to Earth’s ecosystem at large.

Their plant-based oils are fair trade, certified organic, and, in some cases, Kosher. Meanwhile, their lanolin is USP-certified, which means it is certified to contain exactly what it says it does, in the amount it says it does.

To top it all off, their cans are made by unionized American steelworkers. For Americans, supporting our steel industry is a top priority for most, and I predict many will find this a huge point in Beard Balm’s favor.

Great scent

One of the biggest complaints about beard balms, in general, is the smell. A lot of people aren’t fond of the smell of beeswax, for instance (though others love it). Beard Balm solves this problem. This particular beard balm by Beard Balm is their “Original Scent,” which they describe as a combination of lemon peel, eucalyptus leaf, and geranium. Geranium is indeed a flower, but it’s a common ingredient in many of the better men’s colognes. Meanwhile, lemon peel and eucalyptus offer a refreshing, somewhat zesty scent that’s clean and masculine. The thoughtfulness behind the scent profile makes Beard Balm easily the best beard balm when it comes to smelling good.

Lanolin

Another main moisturizing ingredient is lanolin, which deserves its section, as its excellent skin benefits have largely been forgotten. Lanolin is a natural moisturizer that comes from sheep’s wool, in the case of Beard Balm, Merino sheep. In the days of yore, shepherds and sheep farmers were known for their amazingly soft hands, and it was the lanolin all along. And since lanolin comes from the wool, it doesn’t harm the sheep, so it’s still animal-friendly by most people’s standards.

Natural moisturizers

Organic coconut oil is one of the top ingredients. Coconut oil is a great natural moisturizer that’s ideal for both hair and skin because it has a pH that’s very compatible with both. So, not only does it moisturize, but it keeps your skin and hair at their prime acidity level, which keeps them healthy and prevents hair loss and patchiness. Beard Balm also contains 100% Kosher grapeseed oil; grapeseed oil is light, non-greasy, and reduces frizz, contributing to better beard control.

PROS

  • Cans are made in America of union-made steel
  • Responsibly sourced, fair trade, organic ingredients
  • Dedicated factory, which means the product is pure without contaminants belonging to other unrelated products, which is great for those with allergies which often literally live and die by ingredient lists.
  • Contains medical grade, USP-certified lanolin
  • Made with 100% Kosher grape seed oil and 100% organic, fair trade coconut oil
  • Made with responsibly sourced beeswax

CONS

  • Since a lot of people aren’t fond of the scent of lanolin, some might not like the smell if their noses are extra sensitive. However, for most, the refreshing scent covers up this issue completely, so it’s really a personal preference thing.

7. Best for a Strong Hold 

Optimized for control

In a lot of ways, this version of Honest Amish beard balm is similar to the other, in that it’s US-made with natural ingredients. However, one of the key difference is that it’s designed to give you better control over your unruly beast of a beard.

Increased softening

This specific balm is geared towards creating an extra soft beard. While this might not be necessary for some, those with very coarse, wiry, dry or curly hair might need a little extra softening.

Natural and organic ingredients

As always, Honest Amish stands apart from some of the other brands out there by using only all-natural and organic ingredients. Remember, your body is absorbing this stuff, so it’s important to consider that aspect when shopping.

Honest Amish Heavy Duty Beard Balm

PROS

  • Made with only natural and organic ingredients
  • Extra softening over their regular beard balm
  • Designed for extra control for untamable beards

CONS

  • Some find that the hold isn’t markedly better than the regular Honest Amish beard balm; for others, it works. This could be due to application differences or hair differences—it’s hard to say. However, if you’ve tried everything and it’s still not performing better, let the company know that it doesn’t work for you, and they’ll make it right.

8. Best Smelling Balm

Superior Scent

If there is one thing Professor Fuzzworthy is known for, it’s the scent of their products. We actually reviewed their shampoo and only had solid things to say about it. The scent isn’t overpowering by any means, but it is definitely a refreshing, clean smell. Definitely a great mix of smelling clean without making me want to pass out. They advertise as being a manly woody scent which is definitely accurate. Some have noted the scent is too strong for them, some like it, some don’t.

100% Natural

They note their products are made with only all natural ingredients and free of synthetic chemicals. The ingredients are listed; certified BFA organic Australian olive and Jojoba oil. They use a combination of essential oils like bay, rosemary, cedarwood, and lime. They also feature Kunzea oil to relieve beard itch and irritation. Overall a great combination resulting in a soft, itch-free beard.

Professor Fuzzyworthy's Beard Balm Gloss

Kunzea Oil

This is definitely a unique oil, but it makes sense that this Australian product features Australian specific ingredients. There are several therapeutic benefits, but the specific problem it solves is the ever elusive beard itch. This oil does a great job at managing the problem.

A Little Goes a Long Way

You really don’t need a lot. A lot of beard wearers will just scrape the balm with their thumb-nail. That small dime-size amount is all you need to rub together in your palms and condition your beard. If you have a long beard, you are going to need a bit more, but not much.

PROS

  • Made in Australia
  • Natural Ingredients
  • Handmade

CONS

  • We love the scent, others don't.

9. Magic Beard Balm by Mountaineer Brand

Brand

Mountaineer Brand is a trusted brand in the beard product space. They’ve produced several items with overwhelming reviews. We’ve reviewed several of their products on BeardBro, and their balm is no different. 

Scent

Overall this is quite a masculine scent. If you aren’t a huge fan of floral/girly scents, this option is for you. There are actually a few scents available; timber, citrus and spice, pine tar, and original (grapefruit, lime and fir needles). The scents aren’t overbearing and feature no artificial perfumes. 

Magic?

Unfortunately, I’m not attending Hogwarts, but this works like magic. Definitely helps in keeping the hair hydrated and feeling soft. Some people have noted that it cured their beard itch in one application. The consistency is a bit thinner than other balms, likely due to the ingredients allowing for a more buttery feel. Something to note is that this isn’t really a “wax” the hold-ability is pretty lackluster. If that’s what you are after, then we wouldn’t suggest this product. 

Ingredients

Nothing too interesting here. Just a solid combination of carrier and essential oils. They are listed as: grapeseed oil, almond oil, beeswax, shea butter, cocoa seed butter, coconut oil, vitamin E oil, pure honey, orange peel oil, grapefruit peel oil, and clove flower oil. Nothing too crazy, and all these are pretty common. The product is handmade, cruelty-free, and vegan-friendly. 

PROS

  • High-quality ingredients
  • Cruelty free and Vegan friendly
  • Thinner balm

CONS

  • Hit or miss on some scents

10. Bossman Relaxing Beard Balm

Magic For Your Beard

Rounding out our selection of the very best beard balms you can buy is this magic little number from the folks at Bossman. It comes in a 20oz tin with cool art on the front, you might want to hold onto it and repurpose it once you’ve finished off your balm.

They describe the fragrance as Magic Scent, and this is actually the original scent from Bossman. There’s a reason that this is the default, it’s got a really unique blend of sandalwood and vanilla oils with noticeable bergamot, patchouli, and frankincense. Nothing is overpowering, it’s like a nice surprise for somebody who comes in close.

Manage Your Mane

Like any good beard balm, this product helps you to manage your facial hair and to keep everything in line. It traps moisture into the hair follicles and pores, which helps to facilitate growth which leads to a stronger and fuller beard in the long term.

This stuff does a great job of styling your beard, too. There is a variety of quality, active ingredients that get the job done for you.

An Ethical Product

This all-natural product is Made in America and is never tested on animals. Unless, of course, you count some of the wild men, with beards that could have been mistaken for animals, who swear by this stuff. Jokes aside, this is a brand that does things the right way.

PROS

  • Along with the Magic scent, they offer a variety of other options to choose from, all boasting the same high-performance ingredients that will have your beard feeling soft, yet strong at the same time.
  • The tins are cool to hold onto after the fact, especially if you collect things like this. They look good on the shelf or fit right in your pocket for carrying around any important smaller things that you want to protect from getting damaged in your pocket.
  • They offer a full money back guarantee if you don’t love their product, so you’ve really got nothing to lose by giving it a try. If you’re among the majority who end up really liking it, great – you’re all set… but if you’re in the small minority of people where it’s just not what you were looking for, they’ll send you back your money.
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    The list of all-natural ingredients is easy to read and understand, the only one that might stand out is Tocopheryl Acetate, but that’s basically just Vitamin E.

CONS

  • Not everyone is a huge fan of the patchouli scent that is here, it’s kind of a “hippy smell”, and most people tend to either love it or hate it. On the plus side, it’s far from overbearing or being the main thing you pick up, but it’s definitely there.
  • Other than that, there’s really not much to not like here.

The Benefits of Buying Beard Balm

Beard hair tends to be coarser than the hair on your head, which makes beards harder to manage. Beard balm fixes that issue by softening and conditioning your beard to make it healthier, which in turn makes it easier to groom and style.

While beard balms are ideal for conditioning your beard hair, they do more than that by also treating the skin underneath. Growing a beard can be fraught with a few complications, albeit mostly minor ones. Two of the most common annoyances guys face are ingrown hairs and flaky skin or dandruff. Beard balm is your best and easiest bet for ridding yourself of these issues all while conditioning your beard so that it looks even more majestic than it already does.

What to Look For When Buying Beard Balm

The number one thing you want to look for in beard balm is its moisturizing properties. A lot of the issues that plague hair (including beard hair), as well as ski n, come from a lack of moisture. We don’t like to think about it, but hair is essentially dead. Much of its health comes from its roots, which are imbedded in your skin, which is why healthy, moisturized skin is so important for hair growth. Even though hair is basically dead, it still needs nourishment to keep it strong. Conditioners soften it and fill in microscopic, invisible flaws in the hair shaft that make it weak, brittle and generally hard to manage. As you can see, moisturizing is the cornerstone of beard care, which is why it’s the main thing to look for.

Moisturizing ingredients are generally oils, because they’re natural and typically very safe. While oils may sound like they might make your hair too greasy, not all oils are the same. There are a lot of “lightweight” oils that don’t clog pores or make your skin or hair greasy, and these are usually the ones that come in beard balm. Oils like avocado and coconut are common because they exhibit these properties and have extra benefits as well, such as being antioxidant, which protects your cells from free radicals, which can not only make you look old over time but make your skin and hair look less healthy in the short term.

Most beard balms are either all-natural, organic, or at the very least contain some natural ingredients. If you’re the type of guy who only does natural products, be sure to check the ingredient lists. The same goes for if you do only organic. While the science behind the pros and cons of these preferences can be debated, your own personal preference can’t be, and you should always go for the beard balm that’s made to your standards, if for no other reason than being true to yourself. (Plus, you’re more likely to actually use it if you like the ingredients.)

Tips on how to choose the best beard balm for your needs

There are some key things to keep in mind when you’re searching for the best beard balm for your needs. Some tips are:

  • Remember that “all-natural” is not the same as “organic”: If you have a strong preference, this is important to keep in mind. Organic means that the ingredients are organically grown and sourced. All natural just means there are no humanmade ingredients in the product.
  • Go for highly moisturizing ingredients; this will help not only your beard but the skin underneath.
  • Natural ingredients should always be considered because unless you’re allergic, they’re likely going to be kinder to your skin; sometimes synthetic ingredients can be drying to some while being fine for others, whereas natural elements often have a more or less predictable result.
  • Make sure you have a place to store your product; it’s ideal if your beard balm can be stored safely in its container without deteriorating. (After all, it should be shelf-stable.)
  • Avoid drying ingredients like alcohol, because that can make flaking and itching worse. Sometimes people with oily skin think they need to dry it up with alcohol, but often the reverse is true—their body is making too much oil because it’s not getting enough external moisturization. The best beard balm brands recognize this seemingly paradoxical matter and work to alleviate it.
  • The best beard balm is going to be one where a little of the ingredient goes a long way. Not only can too much oil clog your pores, having to slather it on overly much might be the sign of a poor-quality product, so that’s something to keep in mind.

​Wrapping this Up

At the end of the day, it was easy to see that the best beard balm is handily Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner. Not only does it have natural and organic ingredients, but they have the right balance, if you will. The overall combination ratio just seems to work better than some of the other brands. Moreover, their great track record and customer service can’t be beat, so it’s definitely worth a try for those looking to tame a wild, wooly beard.

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